Lake Allatoona | May Weekly Crappie Fishing Report | 5-3-24

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Air Temp: High: 84 - Low: 55 

Wind: Up to 10 Mph

Lake Level: 841' (Above Full Pool) and slowly Rising (Click Here For Current Water Level)

Water Temp: 70-75 

Water Clarity: Clear to Light Stain. There is still some debris, pine straw and pollen on the lake

Area Fished: North Lake (Little River Area), S Turns To Victoria, & Blockhouse (Tanyard/Clark Creek Area) - Target Mid to Back of Creeks, docks and shallow to deep brush piles.

Jigs Used: Splatter Back Dagger, UV Shad Dagger, Watermelon Ghost Dagger, Gray Ghost Dagger and Mardi Gras

Technique: Casting & Spider Rigging

Allatoona Weekly Crappie Fishing Report

The weather was perfect for the last week of April and the first week of May (All in the same week!). The water temperature is quickly on the rise which means that the crappie will be moving from shallow wood and cover to deeper laydowns or brush piles. Some are still recovering from the spawn and may be slow to bite and not very aggressive.

We had a pretty good week and caught some nice crappie on stumps and shallow laydowns and we are seeing crappie on the deeper brush piles in the 15 - 20' range. 

The month of May will be a transition month into the summer pattern which is deep water docks and deep brush piles. 

As we move into June...that's where the crappie will be throughout the summer. We did manage to catch a few White Crappie this past week which if you know anything about White Crappie and Lake Allatoona...that is like finding Bigfoot, a unicorn and a Leprechaun...together at the same time! Lake Allatoona is primarily Black Crappie so if you catch a White Crappie on Lake Allatoona you have really done something...not too mention they fight like a spotted bass! If you catch a White Crappie, take a picture and put it in the scrapbook because you may never do that again! 

The crappie fishing technique through the month of May/June will be to use clear water colors, which are natural/translucent colors (Blue Glimmer, UV Shad, Splatter Back, Gray Ghost, Watermelon, Motor Oil Red, Mayfly...etc.) to mimic the small baitfish. If you are unsure what jig colors to use in clear to lightly stained water we have combo packs available to help get you started. 

Rig your jig on a small 1/32 oz. or 1/24 oz. jig head with a #5 clam shell split shot 12" to 18" up on your line (use 4lb or 6lb line) and start working brush piles. If you have a dock shooting rod, now is the time to start shooting docks that are in at least 15' - 20' of water. As always, a cork and minnow around a brush pile or dock will work this time of year too! 

Lord willing the weather will cooperate and we will bring you another report next week! 

If you are new to crappie fishing and/or want to learn more about fishing on Lake Allatoona in general, book a trip with either Jeff "Crappieman" Albright of CrappieMan Allatoona Crappie Guide Service or Jake Turner of Main Line Fishing Charters. They are Red Rooster Pro Staffers and will put you on fish!

Make sure to download the Red Rooster Long Line Trolling Guide for tips on how to troll for Allatoona Crappie.

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